Chairman, Abuja Municipal Area Council, (AMAC) Hon. Abdullahi Adamu Candido has dissolved all existing market associations and ordered the removal of all attachments at Utako Market.
Candido who was on a visit to the market at the weekend, had noted a lingering crisis between the various traders associations, which according to him, has robbed the market of a peaceful atmosphere.
He therefore summoned a meeting of representatives of the various traders associations with the market management committee in AMAC headquarters, and asked the traders to stop displaying their wares on walk ways or face sanctions from the task force.
According to him, “For now, the council does not recognise any association in this market. So nobody should parade himself as the chairman or secretary of any association. You are coming as stakeholders of Utako market to meet me in the council for a crucial meeting.
We are interested in the unity of this market, so we must have one united association. Any one that wants to constitute nuisance will be black listed. If you cause problem in this market, then you want to test our will and I’m equal to the task and I will deal with you severely,” he said.
Candido also disclosed that the administration has handed the management of Utako market to the legislative arm of the council and the market management committee to help standardise the market.
Some of the traders who spoke to journalists said the tour and actions taken by the council chairman was timely.
A shop owner, Alhaji Mohammed Diyakola said the greatest challenge they have in the market is the issue of shop attachment, adding that those who trade under the attached shops pay certain amount to faceless officials instead of the government.